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04/12/2011 - 12:58
Paul the Knicks Killer?
by The Paul Pierce Team

As we have all been reminded this season, Paul Pierce loves playing the Knicks.

The dominance began just two weeks into Paul’s rookie season back in 1999 when he scored 24 points in his Madison Square Garden debut. Paul actually has seven 30-point games in MSG, which is tied with Kobe Bryant for the most 30+ point games in the Garden amongst all active NBA players.

Paul has been making big shots when the the team needs them most and has helped the Celtics achieve a regular season series-sweep over New York so far this year. The two teams will face each other in the playoffs for the 14th time in history starting this weekend

Let’s now take a look at how Paul has devastated New York this season.

Paul started the season off on a high note against the Knicks when the two teams faced off in Boston during the first week of the regular season. It was Paul’s team high 25 points and some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch that helped Boston hold onto a 105-101 victory.

Weeks later, Paul and the Celtics were visiting the Knicks in Madison Square Garden where Paul notched his seventh career 30 point performance in MSG. However, it was Paul’s 31st and 32nd points that were most important in this instant classic.

That game winning basket helped the Celtics string together what would eventually become a fourteen game winning streak for Boston. More importantly, the heroic road win set the tone and reminded the young Knicks team who’s the boss in the Atlantic Division. Paul wasn’t done breaking the Knicks’ hearts just yet.

After acquiring Carmelo Anthony mid-season, the Knicks were finally ready to make a statement at home against Boston. However, Paul Pierce would have none of that. Paul scored 13 fourth quarter points, including nine straight that erased a seven point deficit and pushed Boston into a huge comeback victory. Paul’s heartbreaking fourth quarter performance reminded the Knicks once again who the top dog in the division really is.

The Celtics and Knicks face each other the last game of the season Wednesday before they renew their playoff rivalry. Boston holds a seven to six edge in the two franchises thirteen head-to-head playoff battles, and Paul will be determined not to let New York even the score. Paul has averaged 24 points per game versus the Knicks the past five years, so if history is any indication, Paul will have some big games to come next week as he and the Celtics seek their third NBA Finals appearance in four years.

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